[openbeos] Re: booting R5 on a packard bell

  • From: "Jared Eldredge" <jared@xxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2004 16:21:16 -0400 EDT

Axel is right - safe mode options are your friend here.

try enabling [boot in safe mode], [disable harddrive dma], and [fail-
safe video]
(its been a while, so dont be too upset if i've forgotten the 
nomenclature used in the boot menu.  the concepts are rather easy - 
those three listed should be in there somewhere.)

you also may want to enter the bios setup program and disable [Plug-N-
Play] features if they are supported in the bios.  considering the 
machine is a pentium 1, most of the other hardware work-arounds dont 
apply (the workarounds tend to try and make new hardware act more like 
old hardware... your hardware is already old and therefore should act 
like it already)

if you slide open the case, you'll find that packard-bell custom 
manufactured their motherboards during that era.  search google for the 
part numbers on the motherboard and you'll likely find support pages 
over at NEC (NEC bought up packard bell about the time pentium 2's were 
common place iirc).  if you do find any support doc's, just search 
through for the chipset and embedded devices listed.  anything really 
spooky in there could be the culprit.  

on a last note: packard bell was found of using a bastardized winmodem 
back then - i cant recall the name, but it was a combination Aztech 
soundcard and [some-brand] modem.  take that thing out and see what 


> Joshua Austin <computrius@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > I have an old packard bell pentium 233 system.  Not
> > sure what make or model or motherboard, etc.., I
> > traded a 128 mb stick of pc133 sdram for it.  For some
> > reason when the last icon lights up on boot (just
> > before the gui shows), it just hangs and never goes
> > anywhere.  I am just curious if anyone has run beos on
> > a packard bell system?
> Have you tried the different safe mode options? (by pressing "space" 
> at 
> the beginning of the boot process, it will enter the boot menu where 
> you can specify them)
> Bye,
>    Axel.

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